Teaching COVID-19 To Youth

Johns Hopkins Health Education and Training (HEAT) Corps is teaming up with foundations and local school districts to educate young people about the dangers of COVID-19 and how they can help to keep themselves and others from being infected.

Johns Hopkins’ newly developed curriculum “The Language and Science of COVID-19” is now available to school districts throughout the United States and the world after its original launch in several schools in Baltimore, and expanded release in Atlanta and New York City through a collaboration with Usher’s New Look.

The four-course online program taught by Hopkins medical professionals and students offers interactive webinars that deliver compelling information on COVID-19 biology, mathematical models of a pandemic, physics behind a face mask, and the chemistry of hand-washing and sanitizer, while promoting public health action, increasing engagement between students and health care professionals, and developing a pipeline of health educators from diverse backgrounds.

For more information about bringing the program to your school, email HEATCorps@jhu.edu.




The Language & Science of COVID-19 program now available at Usher’s New Look Virtual Summer Academies for high school and college students. Registration with Usher’s New Look Virtual Leadership Academy (ages 14-18) or Virtual University College Students (ages 17-24) to attend the COVID-19 program.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020
5 to 6 p.m. EDT

The Basic Biology of COVID-19

Hands-On Activity
Identifying real-life examples for protecting your community from COVID-19


Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020
5 to 6 p.m. EDT

What Variables are Needed to Create a Pandemic

Hands-On Activities

  • Designing models that show how to increase or decrease the reproduction number
  • Creating a social media campaign (logo, byline and key actions) to help stop the spread of COVID-19


Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
5 to 6 p.m. EDT

How to Make Face Masks and Stop the Spread of Airborne Microbes

Hands-On Activity
Creating a Face Mask

Hand Hygiene

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
5 to 6 p.m. EDT

How to Create Hand Sanitizer

Hands-On Activity
Creating Your Own Hand Sanitizer



As school districts across the country make plans to reopen in the face of an ever-changing public health crisis, how do we equip educators with the tools they need to speak effectively to their students about the persistence of COVID-19? How do we build awareness and understanding for students spanning kindergarten through grade 12 about the science of the virus and its impact on social and emotional well-being? The Johns Hopkins Health Education and Training (HEAT) Corps will collaborate with classroom teachers to convey these essential public health messages that are critical to abating the pandemic and to promoting an inclusive recovery.

With new COVID-19 infections surging in the population under the age of 35, youth advocates represent an integral defense against the pandemic.  The HEAT Corps will discuss how students can make a difference by modeling social distancing, hand-washing, and mask-wearing. Through a series of 30-minute sessions—using both live, virtual teaching and recorded presentations—the HEAT Corps aims to heighten K-12 student awareness about the science of COVID-19 and the public health response. Additional benefits of the program include increased engagement between K-12 students and health care professionals, development of a pipeline of health educators from diverse backgrounds, and implementation of a “teach the teacher” model of health education that can be scaled locally and/or nationally.

The HEAT Corps leverages expertise and partnerships from across the Johns Hopkins Institutions. The Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions brings together educators, researchers, and clinicians to focus on developing successful, replicable and scalable school-based health solutions that address barriers to health and wellness access among underserved populations. Part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview medical residency program, Medicine for the Greater Good promotes health and wellness beyond the confines of the hospital through interactive and engaging partnerships with the community. SOURCE—the community engagement and service-learning center serving the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Education, Nursing, and Medicine—creates strategies to integrate public health practice and community outreach activities into academic training in the health professions. And the Office of Economic Development expands and elevates our commitment to Baltimore through investments in economic and neighborhood development, health care, and education.


Usher’s New Look is a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of under-resourced youth through a comprehensive program, which develops passion-driven, service-oriented, global leaders. Through mentorship and leadership development, the program helps teens discover their potential and prepares high schoolers for college and their careers. Usher’s New Look has served Atlanta and New York City for 10 years and is producing the next generation of disruptive young leaders who will change the world through their talents and service.


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